So the Lost Angeles (spelling intentional) City Council has decided to mandate tougher storage laws to ensure that no children accidentally shoot themselves in their fair city.
“I am tired and I know you all are too of reading of grieving parents who have lost their children through unintentional and totally preventable shootings,” said Laurie Saffian with Women Against Gun Violence.
Yes, do it for the children! Because we haven’t heard that well-worn trope before!
A violation will be a misdemeanor. Officials say there won’t be patrols checking homes to make sure the law is being obeyed, and they admit it will be difficult to know until after an incident occurs.
“Sadly, it will also come into play after tragedies occur or after near tragedies occur,” Krekorian said.
So the idiots can’t enforce it without massive violations of the Fourth Amendment, and they’ve essentially passed a new law that has no hope of reducing accidents – all to remedy a problem that pretty small, according to that bastion of conservative reporting, the Washington Post.
We know how many gun deaths were declared accidental (591 in 2011, the CDC says). And we know that 102 people killed in these accidental gun deaths in 2011 were younger than 18, according to Vernick, with half of these children younger than age 13.
In 2013, the last year for which statistics are available, 59 children under the age of 13 died due to accidental gunfire. Compare this to the 577 in that same age bracket who drowned, and 51 and 55 who died of poisoning and falls respectively. Why is it that gun grabbers aren’t lobbying for swimming pool control?
This new law can’t be enforced, and it will more likely than not be completely useless at deterring accidental deaths.
But you know what it will do?
It will ensure that any armed thug who breaks into your home will have complete access to your body, your loved ones, and your property with impunity.
Unless, of course, you think your encounter with an armed intruder will go something like this:
DOOR FLIES OPEN, ARMED INTRUDER ENTERS
You: Oh, my goodness! You have a gun! How did you possibly get one with all the strict gun laws we have in Lost Angeles?
Intruder: Shut up and lie down.
You: Oh, NOES! What are you planning to do to me?
Intruder: Well, first I’m going to tie you up and rape you. And then I thought I’d walk around and help myself to your stuff. That OK with you?
You: No! As a matter of fact, I bought a gun to protect myself against just such an eventuality!
Intruder: Well, where is this mythical gun?
You: It’s locked up right now. City Council says I must.
Would you mind waiting right there while I run and fetch it?
Intruder: Oh, sure! I’ll wait here. After all, I’d like to afford you a level playing field before I rape and rob you! Go for it. I’ve got all the time in the world!
In what lunatic world do these imbeciles live?
What good is a tool of self defense if you cannot immediately use it in times of need?
And what good is a right, if you are forced to submit to idiot regulations that have no hope of preventing violence and serve to put you at a disadvantage in the face of an armed enemy?
Good luck, LA. You’ll need it.